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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Making mischief in the Middle East -- By Dan Burton, The Washington Times

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times (Illustration by Greg Groesch, The Washington Times)

In October 2012, I sat in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, completely appalled by the Obama administration's mishandling of the entire debacle.

To someone like me who served for more than 30 years on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the hours of political theater, partisan crosstalk and bureaucratic flackery on display at that hearing proved to me that the tragic event was the direct result of the weak and misguided policies of an administration completely out of touch with the realities of an unpredictable and violent world.

I warned my colleagues at the time that President Obama and his advisers have a dangerous obsession with viewing the world as Mr. Obama wants it to be, instead of how it really is, and that if this continued, the results for the United States would be disastrous. The recent bungling of the chemical weapons crisis in Syria just reinforces my conviction. Although no Americans have died in the Syrian conflict, American influence and prestige have suffered a terrible blow. Our enemies are emboldened, and our allies are no longer confident that they can count on the United States to say what it means and mean what it says.

The president is fond of pointing out to the American people a so-called "teachable moment." I hope he is paying attention because he just got schooled by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Putin has a plan to rebuild the glory and influence of mother Russia, and he just proved to the world that he will use whatever means and tactics he deems fit to accomplish that goal, including protecting unsavory regimes in places such as Syria and Iran. It's time to face the facts: Russia is not our ally; it is our competitor.

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